Youngstown State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Jones Hall at Youngstown State University
Jones Hall at Youngstown State University. Blue80 / Wikimedia Commons

Youngstown State University Description:

Youngstown State University's attractive 145-acre campus is situated in downtown Youngstown, a city located southeast of Cleveland near the Pennsylvania border. Students from Western Pennsylvania receive reduced out-of-state tuition rates, and the university as a whole has lower costs than most similar public institutions in the region. The university has a 19 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students can choose from over 100 majors. Popular fields span a wide spectrum from the humanities to engineering. Students and community members should check out the Spitz SciDome—a planetarium with free shows on the weekend. In athletics, the Youngstown State University Penguins (why the "Penguins"?) compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League. The university fields eight men's and ten women's intercollegiate sports.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 12,643 (11,283 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 78% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,317 (in-state); $8,557 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,100 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,990
  • Other Expenses: $3,635
  • Total Cost: $22,042 (in-state); $22,282 (out-of-state)

Youngstown State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 75%
    • Loans: 62%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,258
    • Loans: $5,746

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice Studies, Early Childhood Education, General Studies, Marketing, Nursing, Social Work

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 1%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 11%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 31%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Track and Field, Golf, Basketball, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Youngstown State University Mission Statement:

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"Youngstown State University-an urban research university-emphasizes a creative, integrated approach to education, scholarship, and service. The University places students at its center; leads in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge; advances civic, scientific, and technological development; and fosters collaboration to enrich the region and the world."

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